Forest Ridge Elementary will provide full-day kindergarten


Lynn Glaeser of the Department of Recreation and Parks wrote to remind us that full-day kindergarten is available at Forest Ridge Elementary in September.

Kindergarten is now mandatory for Maryland children but is only a half-day program at most schools. The Forest Ridge program provides care from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a boon for working parents. The program is designed to complement the regular kindergarten curriculum. It provides both learning and social activities. The fee is $198 every two weeks.


The department also will sponsor an after-school middle school enrichment program at Hammond Middle School. This also runs until 6 p.m., with time scheduled for homework, structured free play and sports.

These programs and the many other before- and after-school programs at area elementary schools fill up fast. The registration deadline is July 21. Information: call the department at 313-4620.


The 17th annual Montpelier Summer Concert Series kicks off with the Frankie Condon 17-piece orchestra, playing music from the big-band era.

Get into the swing of things tonight at the Montpelier Mansion grounds from 7:30 on. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic basket.

Free parking is available. Individuals with special needs will be accommodated.

For more information or for directions, call (301) 776-2805 or TTY (301) 445-4512.

With all the rain we've been having, it's possible that the concert will be canceled. Call (301) 953-7882 after 5 p.m. to verify the concert will take place.

This concert is sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.


As usual, Goddard Space Flight Center holds its bimonthly model rocket launch July 16 at 1 p.m., weather permitting.

All launches take place at the Goddard Visitor Center grounds. Staff members monitor the launches for safety. Visitors can bring their rockets to launch, or just watch.

Goddard also offers tours of the facilities Mondays through Fridays at 11:30 a.m. and twice Saturday, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The tours last an hour.

For details and directions, call the visitor center at (301) 286-8981.


Savage Library will sponsor "Revolting Recipes," a program featuring ghastly goodies and creepy tales for children ages 6 to as old as want to attend this program.

Registration for the 45-minute program begins Wednesday.The program is July 19 from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. To register, get directions or more information, call Kathryn Bloom at (410) 880-5978.


Howard County Department of Parks and Recreation holds Camp Funshine for Tots, a three-week summer morning camp for 3-year-olds beginning July 17 at Bollman Bridge and Laurel Woods elementary schools.

Parents can get weekday mornings off to paint the garage, take the older siblings to the pool or just read a novel.

The $90 fee includes a camp T-shirt and a daily snack. Laurel Woods also hosts a Camp Funshine for 4- and 5-year-olds beginning the same day and time.


Savage Park will resound to the delighted discoveries of Junior Rangers, as 8- and 9-year-olds create weather charts, look for pond critters, canoe and play nature games.

The one-week nature camp begins July 31 and runs in the afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $50.

For details, directions and registration, call the department at (410) 313-PARK.


Bollman Bridge Elementary School teachers are ensuring a strong student population for years to come: They are personally contributing to the student body.

Debbie Livak, the second-grade team leader, gave birth to a son, Matthew, on June 14. Brooke Voelp followed a week later, bringing Corrinne into the world June 20. Lori Hicks, a first-grade teacher, then followed with her daughter, Brianna, on June 25.

I notice that all the teachers were careful to have their children at the end of the school year. Now that's dedication.


The ninth annual Summer Teddy Bear and Doll Show will be held at Savage Mill from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 5.

Dealers from a half-dozen states will show off their prized possessions and, perhaps, let Teddy find a new home.

The Historic Savage Mill Foundation sponsors this event.

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